Snap Shots – 30 May 2012

Aussie Olympians hit the papers

Two of Australia’s Olympic shooting hopefuls, Suzy Balogh and Michael Diamond (they’re more than just hopefuls, frankly) have made the media. Trap shooter Suzy, who won Gold in Athens in 2004, held a press conference yesterday and her comments were reported in The Australian today. She said she was confident she’d make the team. Meanwhile, multiple gold medallist Michael Diamond has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal. He told the paper winning third Olympic gold medal would “be the icing on the cake. I still pinch myself every day that I’ve got two.”

Killed as gun was cleaned

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed when a gun reportedly being cleaned went off. Police in WA have charged a 29-year-old over the death on Sunday, which occurred on a property outside Perth, but few details are available.

Poacher killed

Rangers in Zimbabwe have recovered 50 elephant tusks from two stashes in the last week. In the raids, one poacher was shot dead and another wounded in gun battles. The dead man was part of a group operating near the Zambian border, and authorities say a Zambian-registered mobile phone was found at the site. The other incident, in which 22 tusks were found, occurred near Victoria Falls.

Lying dad’s prank becomes poaching

A German father tried to impress his kids with his fishing prowess, so he secretly bought two frozen and gutted trout, put them on a line and slid them into the Austrian lake where he and his family were holidaying. His prank was good enough to fool a passer-by who called police, and suddenly Alexander Donninger found himself arrested for poaching. Humiliatingly, Donninger was forced to admit his deceit in front of his unimpressed kids but, of course, the cops didn’t believe him. He will face court and could be jailed for up to six months or fined a year’s wages.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.


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